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The Longevity Diet: Discover the New Science Behind Stem Cell Activation and Regeneration to Slow Aging, Fight Disease, and Optimize Weight Hardcover – Illustrated, January 2, 2018
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Can what you eat determine how long, and how well, you live? The clinically proven answer is yes, and The Longevity Diet is easier to follow than you'd think. The culmination of 25 years of research on aging, nutrition, and disease across the globe, this unique program lays out a simple solution to living to a healthy old age through nutrition. The key is combining the healthy everyday eating plan the book outlines, with the scientifically engineered fasting-mimicking diet, or FMD; the FMD, done just 3-4 times a year, does away with the misery and starvation most of us experience while fasting, allowing you to reap all the beneficial health effects of a restrictive diet, while avoiding negative stressors, like low energy and sleeplessness. Valter Longo, director of the Longevity Institute at USC and the Program on Longevity and Cancer at IFOM in Milan, designed the FMD after making a series of remarkable discoveries in mice, then in humans, indicating that specific diets can activate stem cells and promote regeneration and rejuvenation in multiple organs to significantly reduce risk for diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease. Longo’s simple pescatarian daily eating plan and the periodic fasting-mimicking techniques can both yield impressive results. Low in proteins and sugars and rich in healthy fats and plant-based foods, The Longevity Diet is proven to help you:
• Lose weight and reduce abdominal fat
• Extend your healthy lifespan with simple everyday changes
• Prevent age-related muscle and bone loss
• Build your resistance to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's and cancer
Longo’s healthy, life span-extending program is based on an easy-to-adopt pescatarian plan along with the fasting-mimicking diet no more than 4 times a year, just 5 days at a time. Including 30 easy recipes for an everyday diet based on Longo's five pillars of longevity, The Longevity Diet is the key to living a longer, healthier, more fulfilled life.
—Joseph Mercola, DO, Founder of Mercola.com, the most visited natural health site on the internet
"Valter Longo is a terrific scientist who writes beautifully and, this book is the culmination of many years of work, the product of a real passion to understand the underlying mechanisms behind diet, disease and longevity. What he has already shown through his lab work, and what his human studies are making clear, is that it is possible, through the right diet, to turn back the clock, put ourselves on the road to good health. I hope this book is as widely read as it deserves to be."
—Dr Michael Mosley, BBC science journalist and author of The Fast Diet
"Dr. Longo has put together a flawless formula for a daily diet and periodic fasting that optimizes the newest and best data available for a healthy brain, body and mind. Safe to say there is probably none better!"
—Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD, Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, and author of the New York Times bestseller Super Brain
"There is an ever-increasing recognition that diet plays a critical role in lifespan and healthspan. Valter Longo is a pioneer in advancing research in this field. In the Longevity Diet he translates his laboratory expertise into user-friendly tips and tools for improving how we eat, how we age, and how we live."
– Pinchas Cohen, M.D., Dean, University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
"The health benefits associated with periodic fasting are as striking as they are surprising. Here, Dr. Valter Longo, a recognized leader in the field, embarks on an odyssey through the major chronic diseases that are currently plaguing humanity and shows that they are all modifiable by diets that mimic the fasted state."
– Brian Kennedy, Director of the Centre for Healthy Ageing and Professor in Biochemistry and Physiology, National University Singapore
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- Publisher : Avery; 1st edition (January 2, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0525534075
- ISBN-13 : 978-0525534075
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.2 x 1.05 x 9.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #27,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Edit: I forgot to mention the most important thing, which is that I was able to do a 4 day water fast around my 2nd infusion of taxol. I faster for only 2 days prior to chemo day (I was afraid of getting too run down, and I didn't know what to expect), plus I fasted the day of the infusion and the day after. The first thing that I noticed was that my neuropathy almost totally went away after only 24 hours on the fast! So that neurapathy eased even before I got in the chemo chair. I felt fine after chemo, and pretty ok the day after, and then the day after that (so on my 4th day of fasting), I knew that this method of starving yourself to protect from the toxic effects of chemo actually works. Because I was walking with good balance, in a normal gait, without any limping or feeling like I must walk with the aid of a "walker". That is what happened to me when I had my first taxol infusion, without any fasting. So to me, this was totally proven and I realized this book was coming out within a couple of days, so I ordered multiple copies to share with EVERYONE. Because all proceeds go to charity, and people are being damaged by chemo drugs every day around the world. Patients have the right to know about this!!!! I am so happy and active right now that nobody can believe I just had chemo.
Now let's share some thoughts about the book. First I wanted to say that it is a short and easy-to-read piece. The goal of Longo's book is to present a realistic and sustainable diet/lifestyle program to promote health benefits over long periods of time.
He starts with an interesting and worth-reading introduction that about his studies—and how we could properly apply them. Then he explains the "5 pillars of longevity" which create a strong foundation for dietary recommendations based on the evaluation/filtration of thousands of studies related to aging and disease. These 5 pillars are: Juventology Research, Epidemiology, Clinical Studies, Centenarian Studies, and the Study of Complex Systems. Applying these pillars in combination, his team was able to determine a specific combination of nutrients/foods for optimal longevity.
After that he digs deep into the longevity diet itself, and how physical movement can also bring some positive benefits. The climax is when he explains in good detail the positive effects of fasting. But here is the caveat, we don't need to starve ourselves all the way to improve our health markers. Through his extend research studies, he discovered that we can actually mimic the benefits of water fasting by eating a small but well-designed diet for 5 consecutive days to bring virtually the "same" benefits. And these cycles could be done once a month, to even twice a year, according to our own needs.
Explained that, we can either buy our own food by following the meal plan based on the right type of food and adequate quantities during the 5 days, or even better, we could purchase a 5-day natural pre-packaged meal plan he developed to make it easier our compliance and therefore amplify the benefits with accuracy during these days. Again, 100 percent of his profits go directly to nonprofits organizations towards cancer research and charities.
Finally, the last chapters are dedicated to the benefits of fasting, in this case the mimicking diet, concerning weight management, prevention and treatment of many diseases such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular, and neurodegenerative disorders, as well as autoimmune diseases.
Finally, he finishes up with a closing chapter on how to stay young which can be summarized in a few points:
– Eat mostly a vegan diet, and consume some fish if desired.
– Consume low but sufficient proteins.
– Minimize bad fats and sugars by maximizing good fats and complex carbs.
– Add enough nutrients to be well-nourished.
– Eat a variety of food that were common to grand and great-grandparents.
– Eat twice a day plus a snack.
– Restrict eating time to 11-12 hours or less per day.
– Take advantage of periodic prolonged fasting mimicking diets.
– Exercise moderately for at least 2.5 hours a week.
– Try to stay connected to family, friends, and social circles.
In my case, I have done already two cycles of his fasting mimicking diet and can't express how happy and grateful I am. Together with his work, I do love Gundry's "The Plant Paradox" approach, as well as Mercola's "Fat for Fuel" principles. These three experts bring, in my humble opinion, strong knowledge to help us thrive.
I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I did, and if you do so, please try his 5-day fasting program at least once.
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9 months later........... This book has changed my life. I could never understand the Italian pride in their food and their cooking but I must admit I am a confirmed advocate of eating this way. Never would I have believed that a pot full of boiled veggies could taste good. Growing up in Ireland in the 1960s, our staple diet was meat, spuds and 1 veg. I hated dinner time and was a problem child when it came to eating. If only I had eaten the recipes in Dr Longo's book back then......... Between childhood and adulthood I developed an addiction to sugar, something I have been able to quit 5 years ago. These recipies are wonderful for satisfying a sweet tooth and since eating like this, sugar cravings are behind me.